Additional Learning Obligations (ALO)
MANAGEMENT of ADDITIONAL LEARNING OBLIGATIONS (ALO)
REGULATIONS OF THE DEGREE COURSE IN MEDICINE AND SURGERY
- Admission to the Degree Programme in Medicine and Surgery is subject to a nationwide entrance exam.
- In order to be admitted to the Degree Programme in Medicine and Surgery, students are required to possess a secondary school diploma (five-year course) or a comparable foreign qualification recognized by current laws.
- In order to enrol in the degree programme, students are also required to be adequately prepared for the courses, as established by the law.
- The entrance exam to the Degree Programme in Medicine and Surgery indicates the qualification requirements set out by a Ministerial Decree and published annually by the Ministry of Education.
Should students not meet the requirements in Physics and Mathematics (a score below 25% of the total score) in the entrance exam or admitted students do not reach the minimum threshold, they will be given the opportunity to fulfil their additional learning obligations as arranged by the Physics lecturer.
Proficiency in English at a B2 level or above will be checked as per the Rules and Conditions of the Degree Programme in Medicine and Surgery.
Should students not possess a B2 level language ability, they will be given the opportunity to fulfil additional learning obligations before the actual Medical Language exam, as arranged by the English lecturer.
WHICH STUDENTS WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL LEARNING OBLIGATIONS (ALO)?
- Physics & Mathematics ALO: students who got a score below 4 for the section on Physics & Mathematics;
- English Language ALO: students who do not possess an approved English Language Certificate (B2 level and higher) or a senior secondary school leaving certificate (GCSE Highers, GCSE A Levels, SQA Highers, HND, above all in ENGLISH) and/or an ACCREDITED AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL Diploma, INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE EXAM or equivalent, and students who do not take or pass the ALO Test.
WHICH LEARNING ACTIVITIES ARE OFFERED TO ALO STUDENTS?
- Physics & Mathematics ALO: the Physics lecturer has drawn up a detailed Syllabus which students are to follow and know using the E-learning tools on the Moodle platform.
- English Language ALO: the English Language lecturer has drawn up a detailed Syllabus which students are to follow and know using guided study.
HOW SHOULD STUDENTS WITH ALO PROCEED?
Physics & Mathematics ALO: Students are to complete one of two activities aimed at fulfilling the requirements laid down in the syllabus.
- Attend the review lessons that will take place in the first part of the second semester, just before the start of the actual Physics course and complete the exercises (strongly recommended).
- Use the PDF and MP3 files that have been specifically prepared and uploaded on the eLearning/Moodle Physics course webpage. The latter solution allows a self-paced preparation but is strongly discouraged, since it is much less effective than solution 1. Details of learning requirements may be found in the eLearning/Moodle Physics course webpage.
English Language ALO: Students are to follow the specific activities aimed at fulfilling the requirements laid down in the syllabus. Students are required to know and be able to apply English grammar structures and vocabulary with reference to the four main language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) at a B2 level of English (or above), as per the FCE/TOEFL/IELTS programme.
HOW CAN STUDENTS PROVE THEY HAVE FULFILLED THEIR OBLIGATIONS?
- Physics & Mathematics ALO: the physics lecturer will check the preparation by a written Physics exam that each student with ALOs will have to take (as all subjects treated in the Review lessons are to be used to solve the exercises which are the subject of the Physics course itself)
- English Language ALO: the English teacher will check that the student has a B2 level in English by a Written and Oral Test. These have to be taken before the Medical Language exam. The written test will last one hour and consist of a reading and comprehension exercise with multiple choice questions, a cloze test (gap fill) and an open cloze test. The oral test will consist of a conversation in English and the description of two photographs (comparing and contrasting). A minimum pass will be considered as 18/30.